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Hurricane remnants flood Alaska’s west coast

The remnants of former Typhoon Merbok flooded the west coast of Alaska on Saturday, bringing gusts of 60 mph, causing sea water to rise inland and knocking some homes off foundations in Nome, as the storm It crawled north through the Bering Sea. Weather Service.

The typhoon formed in the northwestern Pacific during the second week of September, but has intensified into a powerful rain storm as it moves along the coast.

NWS forecasters said the “potentially historic” storm could hit the Alaska coast with the worst damage in 50 years.

Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy declared a disaster for the affected communities. He said no casualties had been reported till Saturday afternoon.

No official storm damage estimates were immediately available.

NWS Alaska meteorologist Don Moore told Reuters the seawater was fine until the airport runway in Nome.

“Southwest Alaska is seeing its worst,” Moore said. “Nome, Golovin, and the Northern Sound are facing a gust of wind that is blowing all that water over the shore, tearing through the sea walls.”

Only 1 to 2 inches of rain is expected from the storm over parts of Alaska over the next day or two. Moore said.

What is left of Merbok will weaken as it drifts across the Arctic Circle next week.

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